Murdered UK-based transsexual
immigration solicitor represented LTTE


Appeared for ‘Kittu’ during LTTE-Premadasa ‘honeymoon’

By Shamindra Ferdinando

David Burgess, a top immigration solicitor, who was pushed under a train by a person identified as Nina Kanagasingham on Oct. 25 at the King’s Cross tube station, had represented the LTTE for many years. He is believed to be one of the first British lawyers, approached by the LTTE.

The British press described Burgess aka ‘Sonia’, as a transsexual. At the time of his death he was dressed as a woman.

Interestingly, suspect ‘Nina’ had turned out to be a woman, though initially the suspect was identified as a man. Nina Kanagasingham, of Cricklewood, was remanded in custody for a plea and case management hearing on February 3 next year. No bail application was made.

The court was told that Kanagasingham was in the process of undergoing a sex change which had not been completed, and wished to be referred to as ‘Nina.’

UK based sources told The Island that Burgess had even represented one-time LTTE Jaffna Commander Sathasivam Krishnakumar aka ‘Kittu’ responsible for many killings, including the massacre of the TELO cadre. He had been moved to London to take over the international secretariat of the LTTE, at that time located at 54 Tavistock Place, London WC1 under an agreement between the LTTE and President Ranasinghe Premadasa.

Sources said that Burgess had also represented the Tamil Information Centre and other Tamil Diaspora. Inquiries revealed that Burgess had been one of the lawyers hired by those seeking to exploit British immigration laws.

Sources said that the LTTE had hired Burgess to defend ‘Kittu’ following hundreds of UK-based Tamils accusing him of extorting money amidst an attempt by the LTTE to secure political asylum for Kittu.

According to the British press, Miss Burgess, known professionally by her birth name of David, was a father of three and was hugely respected in the legal profession, with more than 40 years’ experience as an immigration solicitor.

At Luqmani Thompson and Partners, he was described as a "trailblazer" for work on ground-breaking legal cases helping asylum seekers and torture victims, including a legal victory which has meant asylum seekers cannot be deported to their home country if they are in danger of being tortured there.

The British press quoted an eyewitness (Emma Collett) as saying that the victim and the suspect, a woman, were "hyper" and talking animatedly before the tragedy on the westbound Piccadilly Line platform at the King’s Cross Station.

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